Register of practitioners

If a health practitioner has the word "registered" in the column "registration status" they are registered and are legally able to practise within the scope of their registration. The exceptions to this are:

  1. practitioners who have a ‘non-practising’ status. 
  2. practitioners who have their registration suspended. 
  3. practitioners who have a condition on the registration which stops them from practising.

More information about the terms used in the registers can be found in the Glossary.

Registration expiry date

Under the National Law, practitioners remain registered while their registration renewal application is being processed. Practitioners may be correctly displayed as 'registered', but have a registration expiry date that has passed. The registration expiry date is adjusted as applications that meet the requirements of the National Law are processed.

Registration due?

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Registration Details

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Health Practitioner: Dr Soham Dineshbhai Patel

Personal Details

Sex:
Male
Languages (in addition to English):
Gujarati ,  Hindi
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Saurashtra University, India, 2009

Principal Place of Practice

Suburb:
SOUTHPORT
State:
QLD
Postcode:
4215
Country:
Australia

Registration Details

Profession:
Medical Practitioner
Registration number:
MED0001705588
Date of first Registration in Profession:
View definition of 'Date of first Registration'
23/03/2012
Registration status:
Registered
Registration expiry date:

Under the National Law, registrants are able to practise while their renewal application is being processed. Practitioners also remain registered for one month after their registration expiry date. If the practitioner's name appears on the Register, they are registered and can practise (excepting practitioners with a Registration Type of 'non-practising' or those with a condition which stops them from practising, or where their registration is suspended).

  • On 7 December 2020, the Queensland Office of the Health Ombudsman decided to take immediate registration action by imposing the following conditions, under section 58 of the Health Ombudsman Act 2013 (the Act), on the registration of Soham Dineshbhai Patel (the practitioner), a Medical Practitioner in the State of Queensland under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (Queensland):

    Scope of practice

    1. The practitioner must not have contact with any female patients without the presence of a practice monitor approved by the Health Ombudsman who is continually physically present and directly observes (sees and hears) all contact between the practitioner and the patient.

    2. The practitioner must only practise as a registered health practitioner in employment and at practice locations approved by the Health Ombudsman

    3. The practitioner must comply with the Practice monitor protocol for registered health practitioners (practice monitor protocol) in force at the date these conditions are imposed and then as amended from time to time as published on the website of the Office of the Health Ombudsman (https://www.oho.qld.gov.au/resources/forms/).

    Practitioner acknowledgement

    4. Within five (5) business days of these conditions being imposed, the practitioner is to provide acknowledgement, on the Practitioner acknowledgement form that they:
    a. have read and understood the conditions imposed on their registration and understand they must comply with the requirements of all imposed conditions,
    b. have read and understood the practice monitor protocol and understand they must comply with the requirements of the protocol,
    c. understand the definitions detailed in this Schedule of Conditions and in the practice monitor protocol,
    d. understand that failure to comply with any imposed condition or any requirement of the practice monitor protocol, may result in the Health Ombudsman taking further action, and
    e. understand that staff of the Office of the Health Ombudsman will actively monitor the practitioner’s compliance with the imposed conditions and the practice monitor protocol.

    Practice monitor requirements

    5. Prior to any contact with female patients at an approved practice location, and prior to commencing in any new employment or practice location, the practitioner must provide to the Office of the Health Ombudsman:
    a. a completed Nomination of practice monitors form, nominating practice monitors to be approved by the Health Ombudsman
    b. Practice monitor acknowledgement forms from each nominated practice monitor, confirming the agreement of the nominated practice monitors.

    6. Unless otherwise directed by the Health Ombudsman, any individual nominated as a practice monitor must meet the following criteria:
    a. be a registered health practitioner with at least 5 years post registration experience as a health practitioner
    b. not have any conditions on their registration1, not be subject to investigation or other action under the National Law or Health Ombudsman Act 2013
    c. must not have had an employment, contractual or financial relationship with the practitioner before the practice monitor conditions were imposed
    d. must not be a relative, friend or patient of the practitioner.

    Practice staff requirements

    7. The practitioner must ensure that female patients are told of the requirement for a practice monitor at the time of booking an appointment or, in the case of an unbooked appointment, at the time of presenting at the practice seeking an appointment with the practitioner. Practitioners must not provide this information to patients personally and must nominate, on the Nomination of practice staff form, staff who will be responsible for making the bookings (the nominated practice staff).

    8. The practitioner must ensure that the nominated practice staff provide specific information to female patients as detailed in the practice monitor protocol, about the practitioner’s requirement to practise in the presence of a practice monitor. This information must be provided to female patients at the time of booking an appointment or, in the case of an unbooked appointment, at the time of presenting at the practice seeking an appointment with the practitioner.

    9. If a female patient requires additional information before confirming or proceeding with the contact or appointment with the practitioner, the practitioner must ensure that nominated practice staff specify to the patient that the Health Ombudsman has imposed a condition on the practitioner’s registration requiring that a practice monitor be physically present to directly observe all contact between the practitioner and female patients, however the reasons for the condition are confidential and cannot be disclosed.

    Patient consent

    10. Unless otherwise directed by the Health Ombudsman in writing:
    a. prior to each and every contact with a female patient where the contact is in person, the patient or the patient’s legal guardian completes the Patient information and acknowledgement form, confirming the patient’s or their legal guardian’s acknowledgement of the practice monitor conditions as detailed on the form, and recording their decision to proceed with the contact. The practitioner must provide the completed forms to the Office of the Health Ombudsman as requested by the Office of the Health Ombudsman; or
    b. where the contact is by telehealth platforms, either:
    i. prior to each and every contact with a female patient, the Patient information and acknowledgement form is emailed to the patient or their legal guardian, and the patient or their legal guardian replies by email that they have read the form and agree to proceed with the contact. The practitioner must provide a copy of the email to the Office of the Health Ombudsman as requested by the Office of the Health Ombudsman; or
    ii. prior to or at the commencement of each and every contact with a female patient, the practice monitor reads out loud the full content of the Patient information and acknowledgement form to the patient or their legal guardian, and obtains the verbal consent of the patient or their legal guardian to proceed with the contact. This process must be documented in the patient’s medical record.

    Log book requirements

    11. The practitioner must maintain an approved practice monitor log provided by the Office of the Health Ombudsman, as amended from time to time and as published on the website of the Office of the Health Ombudsman (https://www.oho.qld.gov.au/resources/forms/), detailing every contact with each and every female patient.

    12. The practice monitor log must be completed by both the practitioner and the practice monitor at the end of each contact with each and every female patient, and the completed log must be provided to the Office of the Health Ombudsman within five (5) business days of the end of every calendar month unless otherwise directed by the Health Ombudsman.

    Employment

    Current employment

    13. Within five (5) business days of the commencement of these conditions, if the practitioner is currently employed in a health service or providing a health service (practising) as a health practitioner, the practitioner must obtain approval to continue practising at each practice location by submitting the following:
    a. a Request for approval of employment and practice locations form to advise the Office of the Health Ombudsman of the details of each practice location/s where the practitioner provides a health service (practises) as a registered health practitioner, and to formally seek approval from the Health Ombudsman to continue to practise at the practice location.
    b. an Employer acknowledgement and consent form from any current employer, providing consent as detailed on the form, and certifying they have been provided with a copy of this Schedule of Conditions. If the practitioner is also the employer at any practice location and there is no other entity that meets the definition of employer, the practitioner must complete the form. Unless otherwise directed by the Health Ombudsman, a senior person at each practice location must also complete the form (see definitions for ‘employer’ and ‘senior person’ at the back of this Schedule of Conditions).

    New employment

    14. Prior to commencing in any new or other employment or practice location, the practitioner must complete and submit:
    a. a Request for approval of employment and practice locations form to advise the Office of the Health Ombudsman of the details of the practice location where the practitioner proposes to provide a health service (practise) as a registered health practitioner, and to formally seek approval from the Health Ombudsman to practise at the proposed practice location.
    b. An Employer acknowledgement and consent form from any prospective employer, providing consent as detailed on the form, and certifying they have been provided with a copy of this Schedule of Conditions. If the practitioner is also the employer at the proposed practice location, and there is no other entity that meets the definition of employer, the practitioner must complete the form. Unless otherwise directed by the Health Ombudsman, a senior person at each proposed practice location must also complete the form (see definitions for ‘employer’ and ‘senior person’ at the back of this Schedule of Conditions).

    Other requirements

    General forms for submission

    15. Within five (5) business days of the commencement of these conditions (if the practitioner is the owner of a practice or entity that provides a health service) or within five (5) business days of becoming an owner of any practice or entity that provides a health service, the practitioner must provide written authorisation to the Office of the Health Ombudsman (by completing the Authority to access information form) to inspect, take or copy patient clinical records, log books and/or appointment diaries for any patient at such reasonable time or times as the Health Ombudsman shall determine for the purpose of monitoring compliance with the conditions imposed on the practitioner’s registration.

    16. Within five (5) business days of the commencement of these conditions, the practitioner must provide written authorisation to the Office of the Health Ombudsman (by completing the Authority to share information form) to exchange information with the practitioner’s employers and/or places of practice to ensure compliance with the conditions imposed on the practitioner’s registration.

    17. Within five (5) business days of the commencement of these conditions, the practitioner must provide written authorisation to the Office of the Health Ombudsman (by completing the Authority to release information form) to obtain the release of information relating to the practitioner’s professional practice and/or prescribing from:
    - the Department of Health, Queensland Government
    - Services Australia
    - private health insurers
    - any other entity who may provide information relevant to the practitioner’s professional practice and/or prescribing.

    Other matters

    18. Within five (5) business days of changing residential address, email address or contact telephone number, the practitioner must provide written notification to the Office of the Health Ombudsman of that change and provide new contact details.

    19. The practitioner must immediately advise the Office of the Health Ombudsman if at any time they are charged with an indictable offence.

    20. If, in the event of a medical emergency, the practitioner is unable to comply with a condition, any such incident must be notified to the Office of the Health Ombudsman within two (2) business days. For the purposes of these conditions, a medical emergency is an incident where it is not possible or reasonable to have a patient with a serious or life threatening condition seen by another practitioner or transferred to the nearest hospital.

    Costs

    21. All costs associated with compliance with these conditions are at the practitioner’s own expense.

    Period of conditions

    The imposition of the conditions will commence on the day this notice is served on you, pursuant to section 62(1) of the Act.

    Pursuant to section 62(2) of the Act, the decision to take immediate registration action continues to have effect until the earlier of the following happens:
    a. the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (the QCAT) sets aside the decision –
    i. on application by the practitioner for a review of the decision; or
    ii. on referral of the matter to the QCAT by the Director of Proceedings on the Health Ombudsman’s behalf; or
    b. the Health Ombudsman removes the conditions under section 65 of the Act.

    Contact person at the Office of the Health Ombudsman

    Further information will be provided via separate correspondence from a Monitoring Officer with respect to any documentary evidence required in compliance with the conditions. In the interim, the practitioner can contact the following person directly for any queries about compliance with these conditions:
    Monitoring Officer
    Office of the Health Ombudsman
    Level 12, 400 George Street, Brisbane
    PO Box 13281 George Street, Brisbane QLD 4003
    Phone: 3158 1329
    Email: monitoring@oho.qld.gov.au

    Definitions

    ‘Communication device’ is defined as any hardware that transmits voice, video or text including those that transmit information via electronic booking applications.

    ‘Contact’ with a patient includes consultation, interview, examination, assessment, prescribing for, advising, or otherwise treating a patient, whether it is in person or on a communication device.

    ‘Contact using telehealth platforms’ is defined as any contact between the health practitioner and a patient (including consultation, interview, examination, assessment, prescribing for, advising, or otherwise treating a patient) where the health practitioner and patient are not in the same room as each other and use technology to be able to see and/or communicate with each other.

    ‘Employer’ is defined as an entity that-
    (a) employs the practitioner to provide health services; or
    (b) engages the practitioner to provide health services under a contract for services; or
    (c) operates a facility at which the practitioner provides health services; or
    (d) the practitioner is providing services to or on behalf of, whether in an honorary capacity, as a volunteer or otherwise, and whether or not the practitioner receives payment from the entity for the services.

    ‘Employer’ therefore also includes co-owners, co-directors, contractors of service, and/or owners/operators of medical practices, hospitals and/or facilities where the practitioner provides a health service (even if there is no contractual relationship between the practitioner and the owner/operator).

    ‘Female’ is defined as any individual whose biological sex is that of a female, as well as all individuals whose gender identity or gender expression is that of a female.

    ‘Health practitioner’ is defined under the Health Ombudsman Act 2013 as an individual who is –
    (a) a health practitioner under the National Law; or
    (b) another individual who provides a health service.

    ‘Health service’ is defined as a service that is or purports to be for maintaining, improving, restoring or managing people’s health and wellbeing, and includes a ‘support service’ for a health service. For a full definition of ‘health service’, please see section 7 of the Health Ombudsman Act 2013.

    ‘Male’ is defined as any individual whose biological sex is that of a male, as well as all individuals whose gender identity or gender expression is that of a male.

    ‘Patient’ is defined as:
    a. any individual awaiting, requiring, or receiving the professional services of an unregistered or registered health practitioner; and
    b. any spouse, partner, parent, family member or guardian/carer of this individual, who accompanies the individual at the time of consultation with the practitioner and requests the professional services of the practitioner.
    It is important to understand that if a female person accompanies a male patient to a consultation with the practitioner, and the female person requests the professional services of the practitioner, that person is then also considered a ‘patient’ and the practice monitor requirements apply.

    ‘Practice location’ means any location where the practitioner provides a health service including any place where the practitioner:
    (a) is self-employed
    (b) shares premises with other registered or unregistered health practitioners
    (c) is engaged by one or more entities under a contract of employment, contract for services or any other arrangement or agreement
    (d) provides services for or on the behalf of one or more entities, whether in an honorary capacity, as a volunteer or otherwise, whether or not the practitioner receives payment from an entity for the services, or
    (e) provides professional services at the residential premises of a patient.

    ‘Practise’ is defined as any role, whether remunerated or not, in which a practitioner uses their skills and knowledge in a health care industry, whether they are required to be a registered health practitioner or not. It is not restricted to the provision of direct clinical care and includes using the knowledge and skills of any health practitioner in a direct non-clinical relationship with a patient or client, working in management, administration, education, research, advisory, regulatory or policy development roles and any other roles that impact on safe, effective delivery of services in the health care industry.

    ‘Senior person’ is defined as a person at the place of practice where the practitioner is providing a health service such as the Director of Medical Services, Director of Nursing, Senior Practice Manager, Senior Manager, Senior Partner, Proprietor, Owner, or equivalent.

    ‘Support service’ for a health service, means a service providing business support, clinical support, corporate support or other support to the health service. See schedule 1 of the Health Ombudsman Act 2013 for examples of a support service.

    Footnote 1:

    Practice monitors must not have any conditions on their registration arising from a health, conduct or performance complaint. In some circumstances, practitioners who have conditions/notations imposed arising from a registration decision may be considered.

Registration Type:
General

Registration expiry date:
30/09/2021
Notations - General:
View definition of 'Notation'
  • None
  • None
 
 
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